The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal

In this fascinating look at the “alpha male,” primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males — generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping — and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. “Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male,” de Waal says.

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34 Replies to “The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal”

  1. Alpha qualities are empathy and peace keeping. Surprising how people miss this.

    Bully is not supposed to be the alpha as backstabbing of others will keep his reign dangerous/short for everyone including the bully who gets killed by members.

  2. I dont know why he said that these alpha males are not to be mistakenly compared with Humans , when he spent the whole speech showing examples of alpha animals along with alpha male humans. Was he being sarcastic or plain contradictory?

  3. Hilarious. Love the analogy.. Sly implicit commentary. We should be so connected with our nature. Love the oil humor..

  4. Forget Alpha Male, 2nd in Command is where it is at. Most of the perks with way less stress and responsibilities.

  5. Is it just me, or do I have a good reason to not be surprised by the fact that we know less about a species with a matriarchal social structure that the one with the patriarchal social structure?

  6. Alpha or not, we are all people at the end of the day. Respect everybody whether you believe you are better then them or not, but don’t tolerate disrespect.

  7. The best alpha males aren't concerned about being alpha they want to do the work and help and support their community

  8. Best strat if you are not born alpha, isolate yourself from all community and live an hermit life : try to work from home if you can't, interact the minimum way possible, build as much competences in your field of experise so people cannot attack you, train as hard as you can (which means joining a training club for a while), overall live a minimalist lifestyle and saves as much money as you can to not inject money into society.

    In other words, don't play a game you can't win as if you are not willing to bow down at any cost and don't play a game, then you are by very definition unbeatable.

  9. All of the brute force alpha males I've met growing up are now alone and ruined. They have no one around to do the donkey work for them. It was the ones who paid out dividends and formed alliances that prospered in life, just like the Chimpanzees it would seem.

  10. L'Alpha et celui qui a le meilleurs rang, qui est le plus haut dans la hiérarchie, qui a le pouvoir. N'y plus n'y moins. Les manières d'y arriver sont divers et varier et dépende de l'espèce. Le concept de l'Alpha n'existe plus vraiment dans l'espèce humaine, tant le nombre de groupe, et parfois leur taille est élevé.

  11. Alpha's are cooperative and care about the group for both social cohesion and also it benefits their status. Being alpha doesn't mean being a narcissistic douchebag

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